Design challenges facing the building industry are frequently associated with building physics problems such as ventilation, envelope, microclimate and pollution.
Building physics addresses several different areas in building performance including air movement, thermal performance, moisture control, ambient energy, acoustics, light, climate and biology. This field employs creative ways of manipulating these principal aspects of a building’s indoor and outdoor environments so that a more eco-friendly standard of living is obtained.
Building physics is unique from other established applied sciences or engineering professions as it combines the sciences of architecture, engineering and human biology and physiology. It not only addresses energy efficiency and building sustainability, but also the internal environment conditions of a building that affect the comfort and performance levels of its occupants.
The rapid acceleration of computer technology in recent decades has resulted in computer hardware and software that is now capable of numerically solving these equations and problems to time scales that fit within project schedules. BMT Fluid Mechanics is a specialist in the use of numerical modelling for building physics applications. The company is backed by in house high performance computing facility, wind tunnel facilities that are used for validation, and most importantly, a very experienced team of engineers who deliver clear interpretations and explanations of the results as well as recommendations for improving design.